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“Nice setting, but poor food in small portions”

Thaita Italian Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 205 Restaurants in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $15
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed January 31, 2014

I was just looking through the top rated restaurants in Koh Tao, looking at where to eat tonight, and I was shocked to see this place in the top 5… It 100% does not deserve to be there.

On the only night that I visited there was only our group in there (around 8 people) and the waiter was clearly out of his depth with only us! It was like his first night working… apparently he was one of the owners. He was also rude and didn't know the menu and kept having to go to the kitchen to ask questions.

I ordered the steak and received a small gristly piece of meet that was not the quality piece of meet that it was claiming to be. It was also massively over cooked despite me asking for medium rare.
3 of my friends ordered the lasagne, but were told there was only enough for 2 people. Thinking that there might be some way round this asked again and the waiter then reluctantly took an order for 3. We all thought that perhaps one would have to be made fresh and thats why he was reluctant to take an order for 3. This was not the case, it became apparent when the lasagne came that all they had done was take the already small portion for 2 people and split it between 3 but still charged for 3. It was the smallest piece of lasagne I have ever seen! The price of the whole experience was not cheap either. I'd never go back to this place unless someone else was to be paying and would guarantee to me that if it was as bad as this experience, that they would then pay for us to go eat somewhere else.

We were going to have desert too, but after the bad experience of the main course we decided to leave. As we walked out, we all noted that we had been the only people in the restaurant all night and that we didn't think that the restaurant would be around for long. I can only assume that the owner has a lot of friends who he likes to ask to review the restaurant with 5 stars and that people are then duped into coming back time after time. This is a 1/5 restaurant for food but the setting makes it a 2/5.

But don't be fooled, there are so many better places to eat in Koh Tao than here, so ignore the rating.

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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Had a really nice meal!! Real Italian yummy food just what we needed after weeks traveling . Met the owner and his wife ,such sweet couple had nice chat as the lived before as we'll in Mallorca . If you fancy something different then Thai food go here you won't be disappointed :)

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Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

Loved the service (especially the smiles) I specified that I loved spicy food and was not disappointed . The drinks were good too. I liked the quiet ambiance.

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Reviewed January 23, 2014

Absolutly nice and very tasty food, definitly i recomend it to everyone. the best food in Koh Tao. nice atmosphere and good sevice. All 100% Italian.

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Reviewed January 18, 2014

Thaita is one of the places to go on Koh Tao, if you really appreciate good cooking. Niki (the cook/manager) always deliver and she's a trained, authentic cook (unlike others around there who improvise).
The home made pastas (especially the Raviolis with spinach) are a true testimony to her dedication to the art of cooking. And even if there are other places around KT where you can get a steak, I had one of my best in Thaita.
There is always a good choice of pastas, main course (fish or meat) and the home-made desserts. And everything is fresh, if some of the menu options are not available is simply because they don't stockpile in the fridge.

Sure, the price is a bit high compared to other local thai restaurants, but if you want REAL, genuine Italian cooking there's no other place on the whole island (BEWARE of others whose only italian credential is the sign that says "Italian restaurant").

Try the "flan di verdure" (vegetable flan) as appetizer, it's simple yet amazing.

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